PUNCTUATION 

Here are some pairs of sentences. The way in which each is punctuated determines its meaning. Punctuate the sentences in accordance with the directions printed below each pair.

1. A. Three boys kissed Mary all told B. Three boys kissed Mary all told

a. Punctuate to save Mary's reputation. b. Punctuate to show boys cannot be trusted.

 

2. A. Each year there are fifty odd teachers in the school B. Each year there are fifty odd teachers in the school

a. Punctuate to show approximation. b. Punctuate to reveal some student's opinion.

 

3. A. The clerk called the senators names as they voted B. The clerk called the senators names as they voted

a. Punctuate to get the clerk fired. b. Punctuate to show orderly procedure.

 

4. A. Harry says Mary is a hairy hulk of a man B. Harry says Mary is a hairy hulk of a man

a. Punctuate in the realm of possibility. b. Punctuate to cause trouble between Mary and Harry.

 

5. A. In the procession will be the bride carrying her bouquet and six bridesmaids B. In the procession will be the bride carrying her bouquet and six bridesmaids

a. Punctuate to make an Amazon of the bride. b. Punctuate to startle none of the guests.

 

6. A. Everyone I know drinks too much B. Everyone I know drinks too much

a. Punctuate to indicate you need new friends. b. Punctuate to condemn an entire population.

 

7. A. Aunt Lizzy brought a half roasted turkey B. Aunt Lizzy brought a half roasted turkey

a. Punctuate so that you may eat at once. b. Punctuate so that dinner will be late.

 

8. A. FACULTY EATS CHICKEN STUDENTS BEANS B. FACULTY EATS CHICKEN STUDENTS BEANS

a. Punctuate implying cannibalism. b. Punctuate protesting discrimination.

 

9. A. Between sets the tennis team has coffee and rolls on the lawn B. Between sets the tennis team has coffee and rolls on the lawn

a. Punctuate to indicate perfectly normal procedure. b. Punctuate to indicate clownishness or poisoned coffee.

 

10. A. Mary left Harry convinced he was no good B. Mary left Harry convinced he was no good

a. Punctuate with Mary and Harry headed for the divorce court. b. Punctuate so that Harry see the error of his ways.

 

11. A. Harry urged the election of capable student senators and representatives who would support him B. Harry urged the election of capable student senators and representatives who would support him

a. Punctuate to assure the school good government. b. Punctuate to cast reflection on both Harry and the representatives.

 

12. A. Mary too hastily voted for Harry B. Mary too hastily voted for Harry

a. Punctuate to make Mary one of a crowd of hurried voters. b. Punctuate so that Mary probably regretted her action.

 

13. A. POPULATION OF SCHOOL BROKEN DOWN BY CLASSES AND SEX B. POPULATION OF SCHOOL BROKEN DOWN BY CLASSES AND SEX

a. Punctuate this headline and cause a scandal. b. Punctuate so that no one will raise an eyebrow.

 

14. A. The romance of Mary and Harry ended happily B. The romance of Mary and Harry ended happily

a. Punctuate story-book fashion. b. Punctuate so that we are glad the couple split up.

 

15. A. Why did Coach Jones begin his speech with this remark I am confident B. Why did Coach Jones begin his speech with this remark I am confident

a. Punctuate so that Coach Jones is confident. b. Punctuate so that there is some doubt as to his confidence.

 

16. A. A purring cat knows its master B. A purring cat knows its master

a. Punctuate to indicate loyal subjugation. b. Punctuate to show that kitty has the upper paw.

 

17. A. In the tournament Harry must still play Larry who tied Gary and Jerry B. In the tournament Harry must still play Larry who tied Gary and Jerry

a. Punctuate so that Harry is now in the semi-finals. b. Punctuate so that Harry can be champion by winning one game.